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Woods 'fighting and hanging on' at US Open

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14 Jun 2019, 17:42 GMT+10

Pebble Beach - Tiger Woods didn't join the US Open birdie bonanza on Thursday, his "typical Pebble Beach" round of one-under par 70 putting him five off the pace of England's Justin Rose.

SCORECARD: 119th US Open - Round 1

"It's typical Pebble Beach, where the first seven holes you can get it going and then after that you're kind of fighting and hanging on," said Woods, who won the first of his three US Open titles at the scenic California course by 15 strokes - still a major championship record.

"I had it going early and had to fight off through the middle part of the round and hung in there with pars," added the 43-year-old superstar, who parred his last 11 holes.

After a birdie at the fourth was followed by a double-bogey from dense rough at the par-three fifth, Woods birdied the sixth and seventh only to find himself scrambling the rest of the way.

"I didn't hit my irons as crisp as I'd like," Woods said, who hit just eight of 18 greens in regulation. "I tried to miss the ball in the correct spots, and a couple of times where I had wedges in my hand I was just dumping, centre of the green, move on, get my 30-, 40-footer and move on about my business and take my medicine when I was in a bad spot."

Woods, who claimed his 15th major title at the Masters in April, said most of his misses were in the correct spot to limit damage, just as most of his 25 putts were uphill - key to success on the sometimes bumpy poa annua greens at Pebble Beach.

At five, after a "terrible tee shot" with a six-iron that he wasn't convinced was the right club, he ended up with a third shot that he left above the hole.

"A simple little pitch shot, if I leave it 10 feet below the hole, easy shot, move on with the bogey," he said.

Coming in, Woods said, his only mistake was trying to carry his shot from the bunker to the flag.

"I clipped it and dumped my ball in the centre of the green and tried to make my bogey - but happened to make a putt," said Woods, who salvaged par with a 30-footer.

First-round scores on Thursday in the 119th US Open Golf Championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links (par-71):

65 - Justin Rose (ENG)

66 - Louis Oosthuizen (RSA), Rickie Fowler (USA), Xander Schauffele (USA), Aaron Wise (USA)

67 - Scott Piercy (USA), Nate Lashley (USA)

68 - Emiliano Grillo (ARG), Sepp Straka (AUT), Francesco Molinari (ITA), Henrik Stenson (SWE), Gary Woodland (USA), Chez Reavie (USA), Chesson Hadley (USA), Rory McIlroy (NIR)

69 - Marc Leishman (AUS), Adrià Arnaus (ESP), Jon Rahm (ESP), Sergio Garcia (ESP), Martin Kaymer (GER), Hideki Matsuyama (JPN), Viktor Hovland (NOR), Bryson DeChambeau (USA), Brooks Koepka (USA), Matt Kuchar (USA), Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG), Graeme McDowell (NIR)

70 - Jason Day (AUS), Adam Scott (AUS), Rafael Cabrera (ESP), An Byeong-Hun (KOR), Carlos Ortiz (MEX), Jovan Rebula (RSA), Jason Dufner (USA), Zach Johnson (USA), Tiger Woods (USA), Tyrrell Hatton (ENG), Matt Wallace (ENG), Paul Casey (ENG)

71 - Cameron Smith (AUS), Bernd Wiesberger (AUT), Li Haotong (CHN), Luis Gagne (CRC), Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN), Erik Van Rooyen (RSA), Tom Hoge (USA), Kyle Stanley (USA), Dustin Johnson (USA), Brandon Wu (USA), Patrick Reed (USA), Harris English (USA), Brian Stuard (USA), Collin Morikawa (USA), Chip McDaniel (USA), Michael Thorbjornsen (USA), Danny Willett (ENG), Tommy Fleetwood (ENG)

72 - Aaron Baddeley (AUS), Justin Walters (RSA), Rory Sabbatini (SVK), Sam Saunders (USA), Scottie Scheffler (USA), Brendon Todd (USA), J.B. Holmes (USA), Phil Mickelson (USA), Richard Lee (USA), Andy Pope (USA), Charlie Danielson (USA), Austin Eckroat (USA), Charles Howell III (USA), David Toms (USA), Kevin Na (USA), Jordan Spieth (USA), Chandler Eaton (USA), Jhonattan Vegas (VEN), Luke Donald (ENG)

73 - Marcus Fraser (AUS), Matthieu Pavon (FRA), Mikumu Horikawa (JPN), Justin Harding (RSA), Billy Hurley III (USA), Billy Horschel (USA), Justin Thomas (USA), Kevin Kisner (USA), Rob Oppenheim (USA), Nick Hardy (USA), Ryan Sullivan (USA), Joseph Bramlett (USA), Keegan Bradley (USA), Patrick Cantlay (USA), Lucas Glover (USA), Jim Furyk (USA), Andrew Putnam (USA), Daniel Berger (USA), Lee Slattery (ENG), Ian Poulter (ENG), Callum Tarren (ENG)

74 - Matt Jones (AUS), Nick Taylor (CAN), Mike Weir (CAN), Anirban Lahiri (IND), Abraham Ancer (MEX), Andreas Halvorsen (NOR), Ryan Fox (NZL), Branden Grace (RSA), Marcus Kinhult (SWE), Matt Parziale (USA), Matthew Naumec (USA), Cody Gribble (USA), Stewart Hagestad (USA), Luke List (USA), Webb Simpson (USA), Tony Finau (USA), Spencer Tibbits (USA), Chun An Yu (TPE)

75 - Shane Lowry (IRL), Renato Paratore (ITA), Shugo Shugo Imahira (JPN), Ernie Els (RSA), Alexander Noren (SWE), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA), Bubba Watson (USA), Cameron Young (USA), Joel Dahmen (USA), Luke Guthrie (USA), Brandt Snedeker (USA), Jimmy Walker (USA), Ollie Schniederjans (USA), Alex Prugh (USA), Brian Davis (ENG), Sam Horsfield (ENG)

76 - Julian Etulain (ARG), Thomas Pieters (BEL), Clement Sordet (FRA), Lee Kyung-Hoon (KOR), Kim Si-Woo (KOR), Daniel Hillier (NZL), Dean Burmester (RSA), Kevin O'Connell (USA), Keith Mitchell (USA)

77 - Brett Drewitt (AUS), Guillermo Pereira (CHI), Chan Kim (USA), Hayden Shieh (USA), Connor Arendell (USA)

78 - Roberto Castro (USA), Rhys Enoch (WAL)

79 - Merrick Bremner (RSA)

80 - Lucas Bjerregaard (DEN), Kodai Ichihara (JPN), Patton Kizzire (USA), Noah Norton (USA), Cheng Tsung Pan (TPE)

82 - Devon Bling (USA)

83 - Zac Blair (USA), Eric Dietrich (USA)

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